Press Release – Digital Technologies, Learning and Communication Among Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Three Research Studies Launching this Fall

ELEILab, University of Ontario Institute of Technology – is launching three empirical studies focused on mobile technologies, learning and communication among young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mobile devices and applications offer new forms of assistive technologies and online-learning environments. These studies explore tools and pedagogical approaches with a view to improving the design of digital environments and the daily lives of disadvantaged individuals.


April Stauffer

An Exploration of User Interface Characteristics of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
This study, by April Stauffer, explores criteria for assessing the effectiveness of mobile user interfaces in assistive communication applications for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Jessica Clarkson

Exploring Situated Learning in Augmented Reality Apps for Adults with Autism Spectrum DisorderThis study, by Jessica Clarkson, focuses on the development and efficacy analysis of an iOS transportation app that helps users navigate the public transit system in Toronto, Canada (TTC) through augmented reality. The user focus is adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Michael J. O’Connor

Michael J. O’Connor

Effects of a Constructivist Learning Environment on the Facial Expression Recognition Skills of Individuals with Autism (ASD)
This study, by Michael J. O’Connor, explores the efficacy of a constructivist mobile application, aimed at individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), for learning to recognize facial expressions and emotions.

The EILab at the Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada, is a digital research facility supporting international exploration of digital technology and learning, with a special focus on disadvantaged populations and social development.